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How we innovate through sustainable orphanage projects
Orphanages in remote and rural regions of developing countries are some of the most underfunded and over-utilized organizations in the world. Most of these orphanages are completely dependent on the local community for charity and rarely receive support from international aid organizations or missionaries. Those that do receive international support are completely dependent on that funding for food, medical supplies, and energy.
But what happens during global recessions, when charitable contributions are cut in half or financial supporters move on to another orphanage?
Our goal is to help orphanages provide the most basic commodities they need to function with energy-producing systems like solar panels and small wind turbines. This also means developing small scale agriculture, such as student-run vegetable gardens and fruit trees. Drilling water wells and installing rainwater harvesting systems can help orphanages provide their own water. In addition, implementing sustainable cooking solutions can reduce wood fuel needs by 70%, which cuts the cost of purchasing wood, the time spent harvesting, and the health risks of breathing carbon soot.